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Volume 38, No. 2

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A Flame Retardant That Came With Its Own Threat to Health

Published on May 5 2015
If you closely examine your living room couch, your favorite easy chair or your child’s car seat, the odds are strong that you will find upholstery that is filled with polyurethane foam treated with a chemical flame retardant. Some may find that...

The Secret to Eliminating Stress

Published on May 5 2015
As is often said, stress isn’t about what happens to us, it’s how we react to it. This is very true. We don’t feel as stressed when we feel in control. Again, the emphasis is on feel. Even illusory feelings of control can eliminate stress. (This is...

Nutritionists silenced about ag

Published on January 22 2015
A government-appointed group of top nutrition experts, assigned to lay the scientific groundwork for a new version of the nation's dietary guidelines, decided earlier this year to collect data on the environmental implication of different food...

BPA-Free May Pose Risk

Published on January 22 2015
Last month, we reported that bisphenol-A (BPA) used in plastic bottles and cans could not only inflict long-term damage on those who ingest it; it could also cause an immediate spike in blood pressure. At that time, we recommended that you drink out...

When patients read what their doctors write

Published on October 7 2014
The woman was sitting on a gurney in the emergency room, and I was facing her, typing. I had just written about her abdominal pain when she posed a question I'd never been asked before: "May I take a look at what you're writing?" At the time, I was...

Finding a new doctor at midlife: Everybody's doing it?

Published on October 1 2014
Last year I had to find a new primary care doctor. Did you? I ask because it seems like I talk to a lot of friends who are changing doctors for a range of reasons -- from the Affordable Care Act to insurance companies restructuring their in-network/...

Limits of "No pain, no gain"

Published on April 23 2014
Limits of "No pain, no gain" Exercise makes us tired. A new study helps to elucidate why and also suggests that while it is possible to push through fatigue to reach new levels of physical performance, it is not necessarily wise. On the...

5 studies you may have missed

Published on April 23 2014
Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation – so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that...

Folic Acid for Heart Health

Published on June 20 2012
A primary cause for the dramatic rise in cardiovascular disease leading to coronary artery disease and heart attack deaths is arterial hardening or loss of elasticity in the delicate endothelial lining of the arteries supplying blood to the heart...

Licorice for Diabetes

Published on June 13 2012
It provides the raw material for liquorice candy, calms the stomach and alleviates diseases of the airways: liquorice root. Chosen as the "Medicinal plant 2012," the root has been treasured in traditional healing since ancient times....

Who Owns Organic?

Published on June 12 2012
The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America. You can view a full-size version of...

Safer Buffets

Published on March 27 2012
The buffet – it’s the perfect solution for casual diners who love to get more bang for their buck. Buffets feature all-you-can-eat entre and side options that are self-served at a fixed price. You want a meal comprised of pie, okra and...

Crazy Claim?

Published on March 27 2012
While you may think this is an April Fools joke, European Union officials, after a three-year investigation, have concluded that there was no evidence to prove this previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from...

What is Selenium?

Published on January 6 2012
Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential to good health but required only in small amounts [1,2]. Selenium is incorporated into proteins to make selenoproteins, which are important antioxidant enzymes. The antioxidant properties of...

GMO in "All Natural"?

Published on January 6 2012
Many major food manufacturers have been on a kick to jump on the "all natural" bandwagon, with all sorts of processed food products now claiming to be healthy and free of artificial and synthetic ingredients. However, one such company,...

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